Egremont Russet apple tree
Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.
Egremont Russet apple trees for sale
1Small 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
2Medium 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
Egremont Russet is a classic English russet apple from the Victorian era. It remains popular with discerning apple lovers who appreciate its unique flavor and apearance.
Egremont Russet is a medium-sized apple. The flesh seems quite dry and gets drier with keeping - it is moist rather than juicy. Traditionally described as "nutty", the flavor is more delicate than most varieties, and quite sweet. Both the flavor and the soft flesh are reminiscent of a firm pear. Yet Egremont Russet is surprisingly versatile, working well in savoury salads for example, and a popular partner for cheese.
Like many russets, Egremont Russet is a good apple for sweet cider. The apples are not particularly juicy, so you need plenty of them, but the resulting cider is rich, thick, and very sweet.
How to grow
Egremont Russet is easy to grow, with generally good disease resistance, and a reliable though not heavy cropper.
It can be grown in most of the cooler zones of the USA. For an English apple variety it is unusually cold-hardy and on a suitable rootstock can be grown in zones 4 and perhaps zone 3.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Sussex, England, 1872.
Egremont Russet characteristics
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
- Pollination group2
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Fruit bearingFree-spurring
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- UsesEating fresh
- Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
- Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
- General resistanceAverage
- FireblightSome susceptibility
- ScabVery resistant
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
- Country of originUnited Kingdom
- Period of origin1850 - 1899
- Fruit colorRusset
- AwardsRHS AGM (current) 1993
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